Numbers abound in the COVID-19 crisis in Virginia. But the percentages do tell a story that needs to be considered.
In Accomack County there were 709 cases from mid March until Thursday May 21. That represents 2% of the population of 32,500. There have been 11 deaths in Accomack County which represents 3/100 of 1% of the overall population of 32,500. The 11 fatalities represent 1.5% of the 709 confirmed cases. In other words, if you are diagnosed with the corona virus you have a 98.5% probability of recovering from the disease.
In Northampton there have been 206 confirmed cases and 16 deaths since mid March. Approximately half of those cases are from an outbreak at a local nursing facility. The 206 cases represent 1.8% of the overall population of 11,500. The 16 fatalities represents 7% of the confirmed case count of 209. In other words, there is a 93% survival rate in Northampton County.
In an article in today’s Virginian Pilot, an article shows the age groups effected in Virginia. The 80+ age group has 553 of the 1064 confirmed deaths or 52%. The 79-79 age group had 259 deaths representing 24%. 76% of Virginia fatalities occurred in ages 70+. The 60-69 age group had 165 fatalities or 15%. The 50-59 age group had 54 fatalities or 5%. The 40-49 age group had 23 fatalities which represents 2% of the total number. 20-39 totaled 9 fatalities or less than one percent. Under 20 there have been no fatalities.
Statewide there are 1536 current hospitalizations related to the corona virus. A total of 4523 have been discharged and recovered.